Is Biscoff Vegan?
Have you ever wondered, is Biscoff vegan? Or wanted to know if Biscoff spread is dairy-free? You’ve come to the right place! In this post, you’ll find everything you need to know about Lotus Biscoff, plus some delicious dessert recipes that you can make using it.
Lotus Biscoff biscuits and spreads have skyrocketed in popularity across the world in recent years. And who can blame us for loving them so much? The sweet, spicy, crunchy biscuits are just so versatile. You can dunk them in a hot cup of coffee or tea, bake with them, or simply enjoy them on their own.
And then of course, there is Lotus Biscoff spread! The spread can be used as a sweeter, more luxurious alternative to peanut butter. Many people use it as a topping for their morning toast or porridge but it is perfect for baking too! Blend it into a cheesecake filling, make truffles with it, or mix it into some buttercream for cake decorating. The possibilities are endless!
Since I started baking with Biscoff biscuits and spread for Baked by Clo, I have been asked time and time again, is Biscoff vegan? Is Biscoff spread vegan? So I thought I would set the record straight today!
Where does Biscoff come from?
Many people think Biscoff are British biscuits but they are not. Despite their popularity in the UK, the vegetarian biscuits originated from Belgium. Hasselt is the Belgian town that is most famous for its delicious speculoos biscuits.
Over the last 10 years or so, Biscoff has become super popular worldwide, but more particularly in the UK and the USA. This became especially true when Biscoff spread was released! At least, that is when everyone started to talk about the brand a lot more!
Is Biscoff the same as speculoos?
Yes. Biscoff is the international name for Belgian speculoos biscuits. The name Biscoff comes from a combination of the words biscuits and coffee.
Since speculoos biscuits and a hot cup of coffee are the perfect pair, helping to accentuate one another’s flavours, it seems like the perfect name, right? What do you think?
What is Biscoff made of?
The ingredients in Biscoff biscuits are as follows: Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oils (Palm Oil from sustainable and certified plantations, Rapeseed Oil), Candy Sugar Syrup, Raising Agent (Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate), Soya Flour, Salt and Cinnamon.
The ingredients in Biscoff spread are: Original Caramelised Biscuits 58% (Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oils (Palm Oil from Sustainable and Certified Plantations, Rapeseed Oil), Candy Sugar Syrup, Raising Agent (Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate), Soya Flour, Salt, Cinnamon), Rapeseed Oil, Sugar, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin) and Acid (Citric Acid).
As you can see from the ingredients, Biscoff is not the healthiest food choice but it can be enjoyed as an occasional treat. A little Biscoff spread on your morning oats won’t hurt!
Is Biscoff Vegan?
Yes! The original Lotus Biscoff biscuits are vegan and dairy-free. They are also eggless and free-from honey. And thank the Biscoff Gods, there is NO *milk powder* in their biscuits or spreads (vegans- if you know, you know). As you can see from the ingredients list above, they don’t contain any other animal products or additives either.
Lotus have also confirmed on their website that their speculoos and speculoos spreads are suitable for vegans. So it’s safe to say that yes, Biscoff is vegan-friendly!
Is Biscoff spread vegan?
Yep! Biscoff spread is vegan too. It contains the same ingredients as the Biscoff biscuits, plus some extra oil, sugar, emulsifier and citric acid- all suitable for a vegan and dairy-free diet. The only difference between the crunchy version and the smooth version is how finely the biscuit pieces are ground up.
Are Biscoff sandwich biscuits vegan?
Yes. Despite them having a Biscoff ‘cream’ filling, these biscuits are actually dairy-free and vegan-friendly.
Are Lotus Biscoff chocolate biscuits vegan?
Unfortunately, no. Chocolate Biscoff biscuits are vegetarian but not vegan because they contain dairy.
The ingredients in chocolate Biscoff biscuits are as follows: Wheat Flour, Sugar, Chocolate 22% (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Butter Oil, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin and E476)), Vegetable Oils (Palm Oil from Sustainable and certified Plantations, Rapeseed Oil), Candy Sugar Syrup, Raising Agent (Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate), Soya Flour, Salt and Cinnamon.
It’s best to stick with the sandwich or original biscuits if you are following a vegan or dairy-free diet.
What flavour is Biscoff?
As mentioned above, Biscoff is just another name for speculoos biscuits. Speculoos has a sweet and spicy taste, with a flavour that can be compared to gingerbread, although not quite as intense. Biscoff can also be described as having a caramel flavour. The caramel flavour comes from the combination of the cinnamon and the candy sugar syrup.
The texture of Biscoff is crunchy and the biscuits can be easily snapped in half. When dipped in coffee or tea, the biscuits become soft and soggy, just how us Brits like them, LOL!
Ways to use Biscoff for dairy-free baking
I have made quite a few recipes using Biscoff biscuits and spreads. Since you now know that Biscoff is vegan, let me show you some creative ways you can use it for dairy-free baking!
- Pair Biscoff spread with some dairy-free white chocolate for a 2-ingredient easy fudge.
- Use the biscuits as a base and the spread for the filling for some no-bake mini cheesecakes.
- Fill cookies with it.
- Top brownies with it.
- Top and fill some fluffy homemade cinnamon rolls with it.
- Make an easy Biscoff fridge-cake with just a handful of ingredients.
- For a more challenging bake, try this Biscoff-flavoured Yule log.
Biscoff is a vegan and vegetarian speculoos biscuit. It can be enjoyed with a hot drink like tea or coffee, or you can use it as a baking ingredient. The biscuits have a sweet, cinnamon, caramel flavour and a crunchy texture. Biscoff sandwich biscuits with cream filling are also vegan-friendly but the Belgian chocolate Biscoff biscuits are not.
Biscoff spread is a dairy-free, vegan spread that can be used in a similar way to peanut butter or Nutella. It comes in two varieties, smooth and crunchy.